Scott fulfills huge homecoming hopes

Adam Scott took advantage of easier morning conditions Friday to shoot a 4-under 67 and take a two-stroke lead after two rounds of the Australian PGA championship.

He has warmed the hearts of Aussies from Sydney to Perth. Now if only Adam Scott could do something about the weather Down Under. “Very cold and wet,” reported Scott’s manager, Justin Cohen, where the Australian Masters gets underway Thursday at Royal Melbourne.

Of course, if things go the way they did at last week’s Australian PGA, even cold and wet weather won’t bother Scott.

The reigning Masters champion outplayed Rickie Fowler over the final nine holes to win and continue his brilliant homecoming. With the green jacket in tow, Scott has been treated to one special event after another. As the first Aussie to win the Masters, Scott hasn't been to his homeland in more than six months, but the time away has been worth it. Before the start of the Aussie PGA, Scott was given the keys to the city of the Gold Coast by Mayor Tom Tate, then Scott won the tournament with his family watching.

True, it came against a mediocre field – Scott received just 22 world-ranking points, or the same amount as he got for finishing T-5 at the PGA in August – but one of the most difficult things to do for a world-class player such as Scott is to win when you are expected to do nothing less. So plaudits to Scott, who is a quarter of the way through this massive homecoming.

He’s got the Aussie Masters, then the World Cup, followed by the Aussie Open. Though a clean sweep is too much to expect, Scott is off to a brilliant start.

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